You Are What You Eat

My diet has changed a few times over the years and always towards more healthy and wholesome foods and away from processed foods.  I was in college the first time I made major dietary changes and stopped putting butter, gravy and other such sauces on my foods and switching from 2% to 1% milk.  I was absolutely amazed at how wonderful vegetables tasted without sauces and butter on them!  That’s not to say the sauces my parents made were not delicious because they were and usually made from scratch – I just did not need the extra calories at a time I was gaining a lot of weight.

This past year we have been working on cutting down on the amount of meat and processed foods we eat and replacing it with more veggies, quinoa, chick peas and other higher protein foods.  I have also been trying to eat a lot less white sugar, white flour and cow dairy.

The more I cut these foods out of my diet, the more my body revolts when I do eat them.  My skin breaks out, my belly and sometimes my head aches.  I also notice it on the scale.  When I eat my version of “healthy”, the scale shows weight coming off.  When I start eating foods that are processed, contain white flour and/or sugar and cow dairy, not only does my body revolt, the scale either stops going down or more often then not, goes up.  When I eat crap, I feel like crap.  Garbage in, garbage out.

The interesting thing that has also been happening over the past few months is that when I look at or even think about those types of foods, I instantly feel sick.  The flip-side is that when I see photos of fresh vegetables or wholesome foods (such as the ones I have re-pinned on my Pinterest account), I feel good and my mouth waters.  We made a trip to Keremeos last weekend on the search for fruit to can when I saw acorn squashes and my mouth instantly started watering.

You are what you eat.

I leave this afternoon for Vancouver to take my SIPS Levels 3 & 0 and have feared how I am going to feel with having less control over my diet and trying my best to plan around that.  All I have been thinking about is quinoa salads and roasted chicken. I will be stopping to pick up fresh produce and making quinoa salads when I get home to take with me.

When I was searching for quinoa salad recipes last night, I came across yet another blog about someone who had symptoms doctors could not figure out but after dietary changes, had more energy and felt better but was still not 100%.  She ended up going to a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner who said it was parasites she had picked up on a trip to another country.

As hard as it will be to get away from consuming certain types of foods, I have to listen to my body.  The past few months it has been telling me to get onto a RAW, clean and vegetarian diet.  I am thankful to be where I am with my diet because it is pretty close to where I want to be already.  When it comes to certain foods, I have to quit putting my hand back onto the hot stove knowing full well my body will revolt afterwards.  I should know better and need more discipline when I am out of the house.

When I get back from Vancouver, I have a homeopathic cleanse I will be starting and using it to kick off my commitment to eating healthier.  Part of the reason I blog, is to help inspire people to make positive changes in their lives.  That whole “If I can do it, anyone can do it”.  I have always found inspiration from peoples stories; how they have changed, what instigated those changes and how that has made their lives better.

Besides making me feel better, it will also give me something to blog about and take photos of!

Detox: Exhaustion is Lifting

When I first posted about the detox I have been doing, I was feeling utterly exhausted.  I am figuring it was from the KB Herb pills I am on.  The exhaustion seems to be lifting and yesterday I felt no where near as exhausted as I did on Friday.

Last night I finally made a recipe I found a couple of months ago and was pleasantly surprised by how great it tasted.  Even my son did not turn his nose up at it when he’s been pretty picky about what he eats lately.

Here is my food journal for Day 3 & 4

Day 3:

  • Leftover Egg Scramble (added half a sausage)
  • 1 Rice Cake with Almond Butter
  • 3/4 Gala Apple
  • Beef Burger w/Gluten free bun, cilantro, shredded beet, roasted garlic, banana peppers (Beef is not on the list but I behaved with everything else)
  • Yam & Potato Fries
  • Baked Chick Peas
  • Roasted Carrots & Broccoli
  • Brown Rice
  • Canned Peaches

Day 4:

  • Almond Milk Latte
  • Granola Bar
  • Red Lentil Dahl
  • Brown Rice
  • Banana
  • Quinoa Patties
  • Beets
  • Cucumber
  • Salad w/vinaigrette, red pepper, strawberries, pecans, sunflower, pumpkin seeds
  • Avocado
  • Mango

Last night for dinner I made Quinoa patties, a salad and served them both with cucumbers, beets and avocado:Quinoa Patties

On Saturday, we went down to Penticton to check out the Farmer’s Market and could not believe the size of it!  We also went to Burger 55 where I was happy to see that their episode of You Gotta Eat Here is finally airing on May 17th!  Although I am not supposed to be eating meat right now and I really struggled with what to order, I managed to only have the meat on my gluten free bun that is on my do not eat list.  No cheese.  No cheese bun full of wheat.  I did not even have ketchup because it has sugar.

Let me tell you, that evening and the next day, my stomach sure paid for the beef I ate.  Oi!

This morning I was a bit shocked to see what my weight was.  In not wanting to jinx myself, I will wait the two weeks before posting my weight loss.  Part of this is because I know how much weight I can easily lose and gain in a week and really don’t want to jinx it.  I also cannot remember if I am on a 2 or 3 week program and that program may or may not change before the two weeks is up.  The interesting thing is that my two weeks will be up the night we have the detox information session at work.

If the weight loss with this holds up, I just might have to go veggie for a while with the hopes of adding back some of the foods that I am completely off of later on.  We had already talked about only eating (organic) meat once (or twice if there’s leftovers) a week.  This would help to reduce our food costs (organic costs more but it would be once versus 7 times a week) and improve our diets.  We have already greatly cut back on the amount of meat we eat and started eating healthier non-meat protein sources such as quinoa, chick peas, avocados and kale.

Yesterday I played hockey and soccer outside with my son for about an hour.  Today I am off work and he is off school.  I might take him to Mission Creek Park to go geocaching and we could have a picnic and/or play soccer at the park there although he does have a play date at 2pm at another park.

Between the weight loss and my feeling good with the foods I have been eating since Thursday, I feel this detox is definitely serving its purposes of helping change my eating habits with the added benefit of weight loss.

Harvest Time Means Winter Food Preparations!

I have been so preoccupied the past few months that I totally forgot one (of the many) reasons I started this blog:  I was wanting to try other healthier, whole foods based on what my body was telling me I needed to consume, takes photos, create new recipes and blog about the process.  What a great time to get into it!  It is harvest time and Fall and Winter vegetables are some of my favourites!  This is also a great way for me to combine a few of my hobbies into a single project:  cooking, health and wellness, preserving, photography and blogging!

Before I started blogging on a regular basis over the Summer, we picked up a sprouting kit for a donation at the SFU Farmers Market.  The kit we got is using the jar method but after being told that it was better to get one that has the 3 (or more) levels for sprouting, I have been on the hunt for one.  You can sprout more then one type of seed at a time and because there are three levels, you can spread out your sprouting every few days.  This ensures so you always have all three sprouted and would not have to wait a few days for new sprouts.

One of my favourite lunches to have when I had lost my 65lbs, was toasted veggie sammiches with FF cream cheese, sprouts and veggies.  There was also my Yummy Tuna Sammich that I need to figure out a substitute for because Uprising Breads is in Vancouver.  I will have to re-calculate but it was a 2 or 3 point sandwich that I lived off of at one point.  When I was really hungry and was exercising a lot, I would also either make a container of the Campbell’s Gardennay or home made soup which are between 1 and 3 points per 500ml serving.  I have butternut and acorn squash at home that I will be cooking up and either canning or freezing for the Winter.

With there being so many problems associated with eating meat, I have been trying to find other ways of getting other healthy protein in our diets such as quinoa, pois chiche and other foods that are high in iron and protein.  There was a bunch of really great looking recipes in the September 2012 issue of Alive magazine that I would like to try out.  I am an avid reader of the Alive magazine which has me heading to a couple of local stores at least once a month (great marketing) and I always feel as though I have to buy something in there when I take a free magazine.

Am I the only that feels like I’m stealing if I mainly head to a store to pickup a free magazine but feel that even if they don’t have anything I want to buy at that time, that I still should buy something?